The Hola peer to peer VPN service suffered a number of very damaging security revelations today including exploit vulnerabilities, exposed administrative tools, & broken architecture impacting 45 million active users of the service.Read More
Google engineer Adrienne Felt recently noticed that Gogo in-flight Wi-Fi was messing with the SSL certificates on secure Google web pages.
Her browser showed a problem with the HTTPs connection, and further investigation showed that the SSL certificate was self signed by Gogo’s own untrusted certificate authority.
This allows them to read all of the supposedly encrypted communications in the clear. That information could include personal, financial, corporate, or other confidential data. It also tends to train users to ignore security alerts, which leaves them vulnerable to any other attacker using the same kind of Man in the Middle attack.
In their response, Gogo EVP / CTO said:
“Gogo takes our customer’s privacy very seriously and we are committed to bringing the best internet experience to the sky. Right now, Gogo is working on many ways to bring more bandwidth to an aircraft. Until then, we have stated that we don’t support various streaming video sites and utilize several techniques to limit/block video streaming. One of the recent off-the-shelf solutions that we use proxies secure video traffic to block it. Whatever technique we use to shape bandwidth, It impacts only some secure video streaming sites and does not affect general secure internet traffic. These techniques are used to assure that everyone who wants to access the Internet on a Gogo equipped plane will have a consistent browsing experience.
We can assure customers that no user information is being collected when any of these techniques are being used. They are simply ways of making sure all passengers who want to access the Internet in flight have a good experience.”
I am not very reassured by this, particularly given their previous history of going above and beyond requirements to support law enforcement intercepts. Even if they are acting in good faith, this kind of action puts all users at risk. Any compromise of the proxy server would give full clear text access to the communications of everyone on the plane.
To protect yourself, make sure you use a VPN service (like Anonymizer) to encrypt your traffic out to an endpoint beyond Gogo’s reach.
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It looks like people who care about Internet anonymity need to look outside Canada for their providers. It is not just a concern that the Canadian government would be able to subpoena the information, but it is also vulnerable to insider and external attack. If the data exists, it will eventually leak.
Starting today Canadian Internet providers are required to forward copyright infringement notices to their subscribers. This notification scheme provides a safe harbor for ISPs but is also expected to result in a surge in piracy settlement schemes. The new law further causes trouble for VPN providers, who are now required to log customers for at least six months.
Welcome to our November 2012 podcast. In this episode, I’ll be talking about the tactics websites use to charge one customer more than a customer in a different city, state, or country. After that, I’ll discuss the dangers of using the Internet while on the road - as many of you are likely to do this holiday season. Don't miss our video showing how your Facebook account can be compromised on an unsecured connection. Follow this link to Anonymizer's site and select 'Video 2'.
Download the transcript here.